Sony Vaio Pocket Digital Music Player to Compete with iPod

Sony is set to offer a new VAIO-branded Pocket hard drive digital music player, that is apparently targeted towards competing with Apple Computer's iPod. It is an impressive list of specs, and since Sony has a fairly robust online music store, will be the first portable player since the iPod that is so well integrated as an all-in-one portable music solution. The feature set and $500 pricing point are fairly impressive:

  • QVGA 2.2-inch color LCD display so you can display full-color photos and album covers
  • 40GB hard drive capable of storing up to 26,000 songs
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Functions as a storage device
  • New "Grid Sense" PC touchpad interface (raised dots on a membrane surface for more accurate selection/navigation)
  • Up to 20 hours of contnuous playback on one charge
  • Supports ATRAC3 and ATRAC3plus, MP3, WAV and WMA files.
Accessories include a USB 2.0 cradle for easy PC connection, high speed transfer of files and convenient and rapid charging. It comes with a three-line backlit LCD remote control to select songs when the player is on a belt loop or in a bag and also ships with a USB cable and AC wall adapter. This new player is due out in September to retail outlets nationwide and online at

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